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Webinar: Implementing Career Clusters™ at the High School

The Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) will be hosting a Webinar with Marie Collins from Badger High School in Wisconsin, focusing on the 16 Career Clusters™ in secondary education. In the year 2007, Badger High School began to incorporate the 16 Career Clusters™ into the course selection process. Utilizing the 16 Career Clusters™, students can identify pathways from high school to work, two- and four-year schools, and even graduate school. By connecting education to future goals, students are motivated to work harder and enroll in more rigorous and relevant courses.

Marie Collins is the Career & Technical Education Coordinator at Badger High School. In 2006, she brought the Career Clusters™ initiative to Badger through the Carl Perkins Grant. Under her leadership, the Badger Career & Course Guide was designed and aligned to the Career Clusters™. The guide has been emulated throughout Wisconsin and other states have also begun to use what is now known as “The Badger Guide” model to align their own programs. Marie works closely with the CTE team at Badger and the local technical college to increase transcripted and advanced standing agreements, adding rigor, relevance and value to the high school diploma. She also works to build new CTE programming and increase student, staff and community awareness to CTE.

Title: Implementing Career Clusters™ at the High School
Date: Monday, March 5, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST

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If the above webinar interests you, view this recent broadcast:
The OCCRL also recently broadcast a webinar on how the Academies of Nashville are Using Career Clusters™ to improve student engagement. On Monday, January 23, OCCRL researchers Don Hackmann and Tracey Ratner hosted a Webinar highlighting high school reform efforts in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) district. This Webinar was presented by Aimee Wyatt, Executive Director of High Schools at MNPS and former Executive Principal at Antioch High School in Nashville.

Background: In 2006, the Metropolitan Nashville (TN) Public Schools (MNPS) began redesigning its zoned high schools around career clusters. The Academies of Nashville include three elements: a small learning community; a college preparatory curriculum with a career/thematic focus; and partnerships with employers, the community, and local colleges. The Academies fall within six career groupings: (1) Arts, Media, and Communications; (2) Business, Marketing, and Information Technology; (3) Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology; (4) Health; (5) Hospitality and Tourism; and (6) Human and Public Services. In the Academy structure, students are more engaged in their studies, have a richer understanding of course material due to relevance and hands-on learning, and feel more prepared for life after high school.

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